Democrats, Republicans fail to reach budget deal
April 5th, 2011
02:15 PM ET
3 years ago

Democrats, Republicans fail to reach budget deal

Washington (CNN) – Top White House and congressional negotiators failed to reach an agreement Tuesday on a budget to cover the remainder of the current fiscal year, bringing the federal government closer to a shutdown at the end of the week.

Key Democrats rejected a Republican proposal to keep the government running for one more week at the cost of an additional $12 billion in cuts. Republicans, meanwhile, dismissed Democrats' insistence that there had been an agreement to cut $33 billion for the rest of the fiscal year.

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Filed under: Budget • Government Shutdown • President Obama • White House
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  1. CNN The Masters of Spin

    Spin this one as you in the Liberal Media (and Liberal Bloggers) will spin it....but truth is; Obambi would never had marched out there and "lashed out" without the DMC giving him direction to press the panic button....WHY? Because they all know that this time out the Dems WILL be blamed for a shutdown and NOT the GOP!
    It won't be much longer until all you Liberal Takers will join in forces that you don't know much about......that dirty word to Liberals.....WORK....You will have to get a JOB!

    April 5, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Name Creole

    Don't give in Mr. President!!!! We need you in 2012 these Republic party Of No are a JOKE

    April 5, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. marty

    It's quite obvious that the Republicans are more interested in playing silly parlor games than in solving important matters such as the national budget. They continue to hold the US citizens hostage while pretending to do "what the American people want".
    If they were serious they would know that the "American people" want the Congress to pay for their own health insurance, eliminate lifetime perkquisites of any kind, make at least a 50% cut in their pensions, set term limits, place a fair tax on the upper five percent of the population and eliminate all subsidies to private and business corporations, for starters. Then, and only then, should they be permitted to consider cuts for poor and middle class programs. This ......is what the people want.....!

    April 5, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. willard bullock

    I am belived that boehner are great Good his job

    April 5, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Luan Railsback

    It is absurd that this far into the fiscal year there is still no 2011 budget. Lip service is given repeatedly to having legislation only about the given topic, but time after time their are other things added on to slip through the process. Environmental issues, abortion and other policy changes should be addressed separately. Pass the budget for this year so we can get down to other important matters.

    April 5, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. stayintrue

    Gee, I sure wish the Prez had pushed his Democratic Congress to get this budget done to his liking back in October.
    OH--that's right. The Dems didn't want to vote on a budget right before the elections. Right-nothing political there.
    What a joke.

    April 5, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Shawn

    It's pretty clear to people who are paying attention that Obama is the rational, moderate, adult here and Congressional Republicans are just trying to appease their lunatic, fanatic teabag base, which they will never be able to do because those people are nuts. If Republicans are serious about the budget and the deficit (which they obviously aren't) they need to repeal the Bush tax cuts and government giveaways to millionaires and corporations which literally bankrupted our nation. But Republicans are, as ALWAYS, lying and playing games. I'm voting Obama 2012 for sure.

    April 5, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Bob in PA

    BO ain't got a clue !

    April 5, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Caspero

    I may be wrong but it appears Obama always gets things done with his mouth.

    April 5, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Fedup Fed

    Why do Republicans hate the government, then want to run it all the time? Its like being anti-military, but desparately wanting to be Captain of a ship and run it aground. Jesuz

    April 5, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Rhyanna

    I just watched the President & Bonehead speak. The Republicans are blackmailing the American People, especially those against the republicans to send our country down to the dark ages -where the poor have no rights, women have no rights, become chattels again. Lets tell Boenher, NO GO, go ahead and close the gov't, we the american people will go on with our lives, even if it means hoarding money, hoarding food.

    April 5, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Whateverrrrrrs same old political circus performances...

    April 5, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Greg

    The Republicans are stupid. I agree that we need to cut the budget, but not at the expense of American workers.... Not all Federal workers make good money LOL! I wish I did! A lot of us live paycheck to paycheck just like everyone else! I am a Republican by the way.... we voted our leaders into office to do their job, not fight and argue like a bunch of children................

    April 5, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Mark

    We already have two bad options...the Republican plan and the Democratic plan.

    April 5, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. Jeff from Va

    Both sides are going to have to give, like it or not. President Obama can't have his way all the time, the voters pointed that out last election. There are going to have to be some cuts in "Pet Issues", I am 53, paid in to SS, for the last 35 years, now they want to extend my retirement, everyone is going to have to give a little!!!!!

    April 5, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Randy

    Agreed on the compromise approach as that is what politics is all about... the ability to compromise yet get as much as one can. The article fails to say that democrats are just as bad in pushing unrelated priorities and are pretty intransigent themselves. Usually neither party wants to make the tough choices in fear of upsetting a certain percentage of voters. This is to the public's detriment in the long run. I applaud the tea-partiers for trying to rectify that but compromise is still needed as change is a slow process in the art of US government politics.

    April 5, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Barry Soetro

    What is this about cutting federal funding for abortions? Wasn't Obama "clear" that there would be no federal funding for abortions?

    April 5, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Work it out

    “I’m not gonna allow the senate nor the white house to put us in a box where we have to make a choice between two bad options."
    Dont forget to factor in the 3rd option...... No resolution. It has its own set of consequence. Coming from your boss (voter/citizen) get back in there and make it work. This goes for both sides.

    April 5, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. Mark

    What happened to proofing your articles? "“I’m not gonna allow the senate nor the white house to put us in a box where we have to make a choice between tow bad options." I'm sure he said 'two' and not 'tow'.

    April 5, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. drock

    Great these guys duke it out, while hard working government workers sweat out a furlough...

    April 5, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Stephen

    "What we can't do is have a 'my way or the highway' approach to this problem," he told reporters at the White House. "If we start applying that approach ... we're not going to get anything done this year."

    Are we rally calling this lashing out, CNN?

    April 5, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. John

    Wow... Congress needs to vote on whether or not they're even going to come into work tommorow? So I can tell my boss I'm taking a month-long vacation unless I decide not to? These congress people get paid way to much to sit around and do nothing.

    April 5, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Go NY!!

    So basically Obama fighting change? do i have this right? Libs please explain..

    April 5, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. ufadoof

    No reason? I'll give you one: congress.

    April 5, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. D. Wilson

    The reublicans are only trying to spin the opposite way from the Dems.. they are clueless! Doesn't matter what the issue, the republicans oppose it even when it is best for the country and our people. Only so that they may then point fingers, "Look what having Obama in Whitehouse has done.. see see.. " please.. Republicans are DONE! What JOKES!!

    April 5, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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